Both teams played to win with great defensive moves on both sides.
Staples took an early lead, ending the first quarter 3-1 and 3-2 in the second quarter.
Amity stepped up in the third quarter tying the game with 8:33 left on the clock. Joe Choiniere pulled the team ahead with a goal with 5:42 remaining. Less than a minute later, Brad Uscilla shot one in, bringing the score to 5-3. Choiniere scored again with just 2:11 left in the quarter. Staples’ Jon Pacilio answered with a goal with just 1:10 on the clock, ending the third behind by to point (6-4).
Determined to move forward to the state championship game on Saturday, Staples owned the ball in the final quarter. Amity held them off for the first four and a half minutes, but Staples pulled ahead and never looked back, scoring four goals. One particular heartbreaker was the tie breaker by Staples’ Patrick Lesch whose shot bounced off Amity goalie Evan Campbell’s stick into the net with 7:20 left.Staples made its final goal with just 1:13 on the clock.
Choiniere did manage to get one in the net in the final quarter, but it didn’t count due to interference.
Amity Coach Brandon Pepe is proud of his team’s valiant effort in this game and their work throughout the season (the best in 11 years). “My heart really goes out to our seniors who worked their butts off. I feel bad but I’m also proud of our entire group. This was a special season and once the sting of this loss fades they’ll realize how much they’ve done for this program.”
Staples moves on to the CIAC championship game against Greenwich.
STAPLES 3 0 1 4 — 8
AMITY 1 1 4 0 — 6
Amity — Joe Choiniere made 2 goals and had 1 assist; Brad Uscilla made 2 goals; Tyler Burns made 1 goal and had 1 assist and Jake Milner made 1 goal.
Staples — Patrick Lesch was the game’s high scorer with 3 goals; Jon Pacilio made 1 goal and had 1 assist; Peter Blevins , Michael Reale, Will Johnson and Teddy Coogan each made 1 goal. Connor Chamberlin had 2 assists.
Goalies: Amity’s Evan Campbell and Staple’s Cole Gendels each made 11 saves.
Records: Amity and Staples are tied at 15-5